By Cathy Elelman • 30 December 2019 • 16:01
SHOWCASE: The annual gala presents different aspects of the exciting art form.
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Mojacar
THERE was a full house for a Christmas flamenco gala in Mojacar on Saturday night.
Organised by the local council, the annual show aims to present different aspects of this multifaceted, moving and exciting art form.
This year’s ‘Jerez y Granada al Baile’ gala showcased top performers from flamenco centres in Granada and Jerez de la Frontera, which each have their distinctive styles.
The main dancers on this occasion were Jairo Amaya and Carlos Castillo, both with extensive experience on Spanish and international stages.
Jairo Amaya is one of the most important young male artists in Jerez, with a great talent and personality. He has studied with some of Jerez’s leading teachers since he was a child, developing his own formidable style through his strong work ethic and love of his craft.
Granada-based Carlos Castillo embodies elegance, demonstrating a beautiful balance to his dance which is absolutely mesmerising to watch.
Singing was in the hands of Antonio Heredia, a young man with a powerful melodic voice, which was highly appreciated by the audience. On accompaniment, was Manuel Fernandez, a guitar virtuoso and regular TV performer, who combines the pure art sounds with his unique, intuitive skill.
As an exciting addition to the advertised show, surprise guest star, Perico el Pañero appeared, which also brought a special touch to a spectacular finale with the entire gala cast.
As the event drew to a close, the artists thanked all those who had come along to support and cheer them on, as well as Mojacar council for their continued support in these flamenco projects.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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